ICON Web & News
Search Using OECD Database
Return to Previous Page
Addition or Correction
Respiratory toxicities of nanomaterials - A focus on carbon nanotubes
Link to Journal Abstract
Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are emblematic nanomaterials, presenting unique physico-chemical properties, such as mechanical, thermal, or electrical conductivity, that have led to a large number of actual applications and uses, as well as (future) developments in aerospace, automobiles, nanoelectronic, or nanomedicine. CNT are currently used in many devices (computers, aircraft airframe, and sporting goods such as tennis rackets, bicycles, golf irons) and have also emerged as efficient drug delivery carriers in the biomedical and drug delivery fields. Because of these actual and future applications, there's an increasing concern regarding the consequences that could result from human exposure to CNT, particularly at the respiratory level, since it represents a major route of exposure to nanomaterials.
This review will highlight the advancement in the actual knowledge on lung toxicities of CNT, and try to better understand the underlying biological mechanisms, as well as the importance of physico-chemical determinants directly related to CNT characteristics.
This review highlights the advancement in the actual knowledge on lung toxicities of carbon nanotubes (CNT), and tries to better understand the underlying biological mechanisms, as well as the importance of physico-chemical determinants directly related to CNT characteristics.
Exposure Or Hazard Target
Method Of Study
Risk Exposure Group
Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, 64(15): 1694-1699 (December 2012)
Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
Boczkowski J, Lanone S
Last updated on February 18, 2013
This work is supported in part by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation
under NSF Award Number EEC-0118007.
Why Join Us?
Mission and Strategy
Good Nano Guide
Nano EHS Research Needs
Current Practices Survey